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breaking news, the shooting outside the white house. as we come on the air. an extraordinary moment a short time ago, president trump abruptly escorted out of the briefing room by secret service, later returning saying someone was shot outside, the details just coming in. also college football on the brink, the big 10 reportedly the first major conference ready to cancel the 2020 season as the u.s. surges past 5 million cases more risky gatherings, a house party with 300 people. police breaking it up. staggering new numbers as schools reopen, nearly 100,000 children testing positive in the last two weeks of july. dangerous storms on the move, hurricane force winds, trees
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toppled, significant damage where it's all headed. joe biden narrowing down his vp pick, who are the finalists. looting in chicago after police shoot a suspect, over 100 people arrested. will there be more unrest the massive explosion destroying several homes. at least one dead, others trapped what caused it our nbc news exclusive. inside the wuhan lab, how it's responding to conspiracy theories that the virus originated there. the new mask test which performed the best and worst this is nbc nightly news with lester holt. good evening, there's late breaking news from the white house where president trump was abruptly escorted out of the briefing room midway through a news conference a short time ago the white house placed in lockdown after the president himself was a shooting involving the secret service. our kristen welker was in that press conference and has late details for us.
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>> reporter: tonight dramatic moments inside the white house, just minutes into president trump's briefing on the coronavirus, the secret service asked him to leave the room when he came back a short time later the president announcing there had been a shooting outside the white house, the suspect taken to the hospital as authorities investigate. >> there was a shooting it was law enforcement shot someone, seems to be the suspect and the suspect is now on the way to the hospital. i can't tell you the condition of the suspect. there was nobody else injured. there was no other law enforcement injured. >> reporter: it comes as the president is defending his decision to sign a series of executive actions that he says will bring financial relief after talks with democrats fell apart but democrats and even some republicans are blasting the move. nebraska's republican senator ben sasse called the actions unconstitutional slop. today the president accused sasse of foolishness and of going rogue. top democrats taking sharp aim.
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>> i agree with what the republican senator said, it was unconstitutional slop. >> reporter: the president's actions include a new weekly unemployment bonus payment of $400, that's less than the $600 people were initially receiving and that democrats have pushed to extend since it expired last month. the directive also requires states to contribute $100 of the total amount something democrats say is not possible. the white house struggling to say what americans will actually see any money. are we talking weeks are we talking a month, can you pinpoint the timeline. >> i can't pinpoint a timeline other than we'll be working around the clock an we encourage democrats on the hill to come back. president trump also announcing a suspension of payrol taxes for people making less than $100,000 a year. the deferred tax would still be owed next year unless congress agrees to waive it and that tax funds social security and medicare. but president trump making this pledge sunday. >> this will have zero impact on social security
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>> reporter: now the president who had been escorted to the oval office said that the suspect was armed but he didn't know what kind of weapon it was. i asked the president if he was rattled by all of this. he said, of course but he also expressed his gratitude to the secret service lester >> yeah, a lot more drama in that news conference than anyone anticipated. kristen, thank you. tonight there's growing concern after another summer weekend of large gatherings in open defiance of state and local mandates it comes as the pandemic puts another american institution in question tonight. the college football season here's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: these are among the reasons why health officials say the u.s. has now surpassed 5 million confirmed covid cases. another summer weekend of mass gatherings from house parties to church services authorities say some are tempting fate. in portland, oregon hundreds gathered to openly defy state
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in southern california it nearly came to blows after one pastor opened his doors for a service despite the protests outside to shut it down. >> god gave us these rights >> reporter: the bitter battle over crowds and the pandemic comes as the ncaa struggles over whether to punt on this year's college football season. with several outlets reporting the big 10 conference is moving to pass on playing mountain west and the mid-american conference are already delaying their seasons, this amid a push to get on the field with the #wewanttoplay. tomorrow the pac-12 which includes usc is expected to decide their future here in california the football practice scheduled to start next week won't. the state has a ban on all large public gatherings and that includes at football stadiums college football is a $7 billion business but now amid the pandemic any shot at a
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true season may be a hail mary. while 22 states are seeing a decrease in covid cases, there is concern sanctioned events like this motorcycle rally could become superspreaders. >> i haven't even seen that many people with masks on up here >> reporter: considered the largest public gathering since the pandemic began thousands are rolling through sturgis, south dakota where masks are suggested, not required. >> selfish and unfortunate. >> reporter: tonight the fine line between personal choice and public safety amid the pandemic miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> reporter: i'm sam brock. the first day of school has never felt so foreign under this cloud of covid-19. >> i feel still a little scary, but pretty comfortable. >> reporter: children at mclenny elementary school are returning to new classrooms with new rules like social distancing, regular hand washing and staggered lunches.everything to
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keep everything sanitized and keep the students away from each other >> reporter: masks while recommended here are optional >> walking into the school i didn't see a lo of mask wearing. and i think that that should have been something that was mandatory and not optional and if i see or hear coughing, we're pulling right out. home is where you will be. >> reporter: in the last four weeks there's been a 99% spike in cases among children in the u.s. where so far more than 380,000 kids have contracted the coronavirus. of the country's 25 biggest school districts 18 are starting the school year entirely virtual, with no in person option on day one. but the nation's largest district, new york city, giving students the option of returning to classes >> we want to go back to school. >> reporter: dashona barker teaches high school in new york city where her younger children attend public elementary school. >> i'm concerned about my children wearing a
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mask all day i'm concerned about the protocols of the school that they attend >> reporter: fears for the child safety and the educators. >> they're all going to have to give their condolence to somebody's mama. >> reporter: whitney reddick is a mother and teacher from jacksonville who penned a mock obituary, saying she returned to work, did her best to handle all the roles placed on her shoulders, educator, covid security guard, human shield, bu ultimately succumbed to the ignorance of those in power calls for safety for those in our classrooms frontlines. sam brock, nbc news, baker county, florida. breaking tonight, a dangerous line of severe thunderstorms we're watching, racing across parts of the midwest downing thousands of trees and power lines. and damaging buildings in iowa and illinois this type of storm can produce winds of up to 100 miles per hour the threat continues through parts of illinois, missouri, indiana and michigan. and tonight with just a
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week to go until the start of the democratic national convention the clock is ticking for former vice president joe biden to announce his running mate andrea mitchell now with the latest. >> reporter: pressure mounting on joe biden to decide on his running mate and to choose a black woman. >> mr. vice president have you picked a running mate yet >> yeah, i have. >> who is it >> you >> reporter: his announcement will be digital followed by biographical video o his pick and a joint appearance some of th major contenders have had in-person interviews including michigan governor gretchen whitmer who flew in secretly a week ago other contenders, senator kamala harris, former national security adviser susan rice senators tammy duckworth and elizabeth warren and congresswoman karen bass and val demings women's groups are vowing to defend the running mate against sexism such as column comparing the selection process to an episode of the bachelor. >> the discrimination, the stuff that's out there on the internet,
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the attacks we have seen, they're anticipating this and i think it's a good campaign is ready to combat racist attacks if biden chooses a black woman. today 100 prominent black men said the urgency to pick a black woman has gone from something that should happen to something that has to happen joining an appeal from black women. >> this is the moment that we need to make sure that the issues around racism, sexism, equality, racial justice, income inequality is addressed in a magnificent, big way. >> reporter: the longer biden waits past his self-imposed deadline the more infighting amongst supporters of the candidates another reason to decide soon. lester >> andrea mitchell tonight, thanks. police in chicag are preparing for a tense night after looters ransacked part of the city's downtown the new anger coming after another shooting involving the police nbc's gabe gutierrez is there. >> reporter: daylight revealed the destruction.
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>> it's going to get ugly. >> reporter: looters ran rampant in downtown chicago injuring 13 police officers, more than 100 people arrested, police say. >> this was not an organized protest. rather, this was an incident of pure criminality. >> reporter: this is michigan avenue, chicago's magnificent mile, full of high end shops, now some of them are boarded up. the chaos came hours after officers were called to the city's southside for a man with a gun police say someone who matched the suspect's description started shooting so the cops fired back and emotions ran high, authorities say, when false rumors erupted on social media. >> there is no justification for criminal behavior, ever. >> reporter: across the country it's been an increasingly violent summer in philadelphia this weekend bullets grazed two 11-year-olds in separate shootings, at least 20 people were shot at a cookout in washington, d.c., violence that has at times overshadowed peaceful protests following the
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deaths of george floyd, breonna taylor and others. louisville, police have now banned street demonstrations >> this is the portland police but bureau >> reporter: in portland polic declared yet another riot the president tweeting local authorities should bring in the national guard but in chicago where the trump administration sent in federal agents last month to help investigate crimes the violence continues frustrating small business owners like jackie jackson. >> on top of covid, the violence, the looting, how much more can a person take. >> reporter: the major said there will be a heavy police presence tonight with officers working longer shifts. downtown access will also be restricted in hopes of preventing anymore destruction. >> gabe gutierrez in chicago, thanks. to our exclusive nbc news is the first foreign news organization to go inside the lab in wuhan, china at the center -- of controversy. janis mackey frayer with what they allowed us to see and how they're responding to allegations the virus originated there
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>> reporter: the high security lab inside the wuhan institute of virology at the center of a political storm over how the pandemic started. >> i'm confident there's no need. >> reporter: 100%. >> 100%. >> reporter: nbc news was granted the first independent media access while there's some skepticism about the lab's claims, five leading virologists familiar with lab protocols told us it's improbable that the virus was made or escaped. the lab itself is a box within a box with air locks and high security. technicians in positive pressure suits were trained in france and the u.s i also want to know how the virus got to the market or wuhan, he says, up to now there's no clear answer. >> the china virus, the china plague. >> reporter: amid accusations china's government downplayed the severity of the outbreak here the u.s. and china have been locked in a battle over the origin of the virus. >> there's evidence it came from the laboratory. >> reporter: u.s.
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officials have offered no credible evidence linking the virus to the lab. we have been targeted as the scapegoat. faces global backlash for failing to contain the outbreak early on, and for a lack of transparency as it spread scrutiny of the lab was fueled by a state department cable from u.s. officials in january 2018 about safety and a shortage of trained staff. lab officials claim u.s. diplomats visited only once. in march 2018. and didn't see the high containment lab the state department declined to clarify. lester, we've been told the world health organization will not be investigating the wuhan lab as a possible source of the virus. >> janis, thank you. in 60 seconds a deadly explosion that wiped out part of a neighborhood, and with so much uncertainty about school, what every parent needs to know to help kids deal
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with the emotional toll
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a deadly and terrifying day in baltimore where a massive gas explosion ripped through part of a neighborhood, a woman was killed in at least half a dozen others were injured, three row houses were flattened and many more were damaged. rescuers searched the wreckage by hand looking for additional victims. the cause not yet clear. all this week we're looking at the tough issues involving the coronavirus and the classroom. tonight with families facing so much stress over school how can parents help their kids cope? here's kate snow >> reporter: time to get these doors open. >> it's too much of a gamble. >> i'd like to see the schools open. >> we have to think of our teachers. >> reporter: kids are hearing it all the uncertainty over what school should look like, causing stress. >> the school district said that everything would be virtual until november after that >> reporter: student leaders for youth united for change in philadelphia say now more than ever
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students need mental health support lena wants to be a lawyer and spent the summer studying. what's something that worries you most as we head into this school year >> falling behind. i don't want to fall behind on my studies and then feel as though i didn't do as good as i could. >> reporter: desmond feels safer with virtual learning but needs to watch his younger sisters. >> i'm going to prioritize my siblings because i want to make sure that they're doing everything they can.e second is going to be my school work and everything like that. >> reporter: in nearby new jersey this family is struggling. does mom seem a little stressed out, guys >> yes. >> yes. >> carrie teaches spanish in one school district, her kids attend another and the proposed schedules don't match. >> i'm in a little bit of denial about it i don't know what's going to happen. i have no choice but to send them to school. >> some of my best friends, might be on different days so that's getting me a little worried.
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>> kids of all ages have three major questions. am i safe? are you the people taking care of me safe and how is this situation going to affect my daily life >> reporter: dr. gene barrison runs the clay center for young healthy minds? do kids worry more when their parents are worried? >> you bet anxiety is contagious. >> reporter: he tells parents to ask kids what their concerns are, remind them -- of other hard times you got through an shield young children from grim details about the virus. >> teenagers on the other hand are much more capable of understanding this, and, in fact, if we're not honest with them, you're going to find out anyway >> reporter: it's okay to say we're all anxious. >> absolutely. i would even say to school-age kids, yeah, i'm worried. but we're going to get through this and we're going to get through this together. period >> reporter: period. kate snow, nbc news, philadelphia. up next, with so many choices, the
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masks that protect you best we've got the surprising findings. (birds chirping)
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(woman chattering) - [narrator] ordering dinner for the family? (family gasps) rewarded with a side of quiet. (baby murmuring) grubhub rewards you, (scooter horn honking) get a free delivery perk when you order. (doorbell rings) - [group] grubhub. by now there's no doubt that wearing masks protects us all, and saves lives. but which masks are the most effective here's kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: these days the choice of face masks can be dizzying so researchers at duke health set out to find which may work best, testing 14 different types with a simple experiment designed to visualize small particles or droplets
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sprayed during regular speech researchers said the same phrase. >> stay healthy, people. >> reporter: first with no mask note the flashes of light, those are the tiny particles which could contain coronavirus. >> if everyone wore a mask that truly blocked these particles we would reduce the spread of the transmissible disease, like covid-19 no question about it. >> reporter: medical grade n-95 and surgical masks worked well to block particles but masks with exhalation valves, won't protect those around you cotton masks with several layers of materials did well not a lot of droplets got through. >> you don't need a perfect mask to reduce community spread. >> but bandannas and neck gators didn't do well in fact, researchers say they may result in more small particles than no masks at all bottom line, lester, researchers sa masks work if they have several layers of good fabric. if you can see through it, it's probably not
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doing you much good. >> all right, kristen dahlgren, thanks. up next, golf's newest superstar after his dramatic win
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finally tonight the game may have felt different in this age of covid but that didn't stop golf's new superstar from making history. here's morgan chesky. >> reporter: and a california kid is the new star of the game of golf. >> reporter: when collin morikawa woke up sunday he said this
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felt meant to be a 23-year-old playing against the best golfers on the planet. and beating them with a swing. as easy as a smile. >> we got it, hit a really good putt and now we're here. >> reporter: on a nearly deserted california course the cal berkeley grad put on a show. his final putt breaking a record for lowest weekend score ever, a mark most recently set by a guy named tiger. what did we really witness yesterday? >> it was make a shot and stand up to the moment he did just that >> reporter: the only weakness didn't come until after sealing the victory, when he he found the trophy comes with two parts. a home he shared with "today's" carson daly. >> i got so excited. there's so much more we want. it's just the beginning. i love it. >> reporter: a history making moment for a rising star. morgan chesky, nbc news and you can catch much more of our interview with collin tomorrow on "today."
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that's "nightly news," i'm lester holt. thank you for watching, everyone please take care of yourself and each other. >> will: mom, what if he never forgives me? >> sami: he will. i know he will. the question i have is, will you forgive me? >> will: so, all you really care about is getting yourself off the hook with me? >> sami: no. >> will: surprise, surprise. >> sami: no, that is not all i care about. i know it's my fault that allie backed out of letting you and sonny adopt that baby. sonny should be furious at me, not you. >> will: oh, he is furious at you. don't worry about that. sami: will, i am so sorry that i screwed this up for you. >> will: you told me to keep my mouth shut about--about you
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convincing rafe not to adopt the baby. but--but i could have said no. i--i could have said, "i'm--i'm not gonna do it," you know? i--you didn't force me to lie to sonny and allie. i made that stupid choice on my own, so now i--i--i just have to live with the consequences. >> eric: i didn't expect to find you two here. >> nicole: well, i asked allie if she was sure she didn't wanna hold the baby. >> allie: yeah, i decided it might help me make up my mind about the adoption. >> eric: and it hasn't? >> allie: not really. >> nicole: well, are you ready to go back to your room, sweetie? >> allie: i said i didn't wanna hold him earlier. do you think it's too late to


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